As Friday afternoon’s game against Indiana University of Pennsylvania (IUP) approached, it looked like it would be an uphill battle against one of the best. IUP entered the game both nationally ranked and boasting a 3-0 record in the PSAC. The Crimson Hawks had little problem handing the Marauders a 21-7 loss after a slow first half.
The Marauders were able to keep the game close in the first half, tailing the Crimson Hawks by only four goals at the conclusion. Unfortunately for the Marauders, IUP stepped both their offensive and defensive games up for the second half, netting 13 goals while allowing only three, allowing them to coast to their sixth victory of the season.
After roaring out to a 5-0 lead in just over three minutes of play, the Crimson Hawks’ offense slowed, allowing the Marauders to cut their deficit to a respectable 6-3. Two more quick goals by IUP attacker Brittney Palardy increased the IUP lead to five before Brooke Fisher netted the final goal of the half for the Marauders with just under two minutes to play.
What was once a close match became nothing but a game of catch-up for the Marauders once the second half began. Six of the first seven goals of the half came from the sticks of IUP players to put the score at 14-5. Six more unanswered goals less than two minutes after gave the Crimson Hawks a 20-6 lead with just over a minute to play in the game. The Marauders were unsurprisingly unable to rebound, dropping the game by a score of 21-7.
Defense played a key part in the Crimson Hawk’s attack; they were able to hold the Marauders to only seven goals on 15 shots, both season lows.
Not to be outdone, the IUP offense put pressure on sophomore goalkeeper Kaitlin Crouthamel throughout the game, attempting a whopping 48 shots, 16 of which were saved by Crouthamel .
Ten different Crimson Hawks were able to tally at least one goal on the game, two of whom scored five goals apiece.
Brooke Fisher and Becky Donkin were the only two Marauders to score more than one goal on the afternoon, and one of just four that reached the back of the net at all. Fisher’s three goals moves her into third place in the conference with 29 goals.
The Marauders were outmatched during their lopsided loss in almost every way. Millervsille turned the ball over a season high 28 times to the Crimson Hawks’ 16. The Crimson Hawks came away with over three times as many shots on goal (28) as the Marauders (11).
The loss was the first by the Marauders at home this season, and the second to the Crimson Hawks at home in the last two years.
The Marauders take to the field again Saturday afternoon at 1 p.m., when they will host visiting Edinboro and look to get back into the win column.